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Move Over For Emergency Vehicles

McGuinty Government Reminds Drivers To Clear The Way For First Responders

Ministry of Transportation

With another busy summer weekend approaching, Ontario drivers are reminded to clear the way for emergency vehicles by slowing down and moving over.

Every second counts when emergency vehicles, such as police cars, fire trucks and ambulances are rushing to respond to calls for help - any delay can be critical for emergency responders and those who urgently need them.

Ontario law requires motorists who see the flashing lights or hear the sirens of an approaching emergency vehicle pull to the right and stop the moment it is safe to do so.

Drivers must slow down and proceed with caution when approaching a parked emergency vehicle with its lights flashing. If the highway has two or more lanes, drivers must also move over into another lane, if it is safe to do so

Quick Facts

  • Drivers who do not pull over and stop for an approaching emergency vehicle could face a fine of $110 upon conviction ($150 in a community safety zone).
  • Failing to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle can result in a fine of up to $2,000 plus three demerit points. Subsequent offences can result in a fine of up to $4,000, six months in prison and a two- year driver's licence suspension.

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Quotes

“If you are on the road this weekend, remember to stay alert for emergency vehicles. If you see flashing lights or hear sirens, move over as soon as it is safe to do so. Your quick response may save someone's life.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

“I strongly encourage all Ontarians to drive carefully on the roads this holiday weekend. Obeying speed limits and moving over for emergency vehicles is not just the law... it could help save lives.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“The safety of emergency services personnel is paramount while they are providing assistance on the province's highways. OPP officers put their lives on the line every day when they report for duty. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by motorists slowing down and moving over.”

Julian Fantino

OPP Commissioner

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